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Trees, utility poles downed as storm slams region

Trees, utility poles downed as storm slams region

Pieces of a roof cap fell to the sidewalk from a building at Washington Street and Lincolnway during Saturday's thunderstorm. No injuries were reported.

September 20, 2014 4:59 pm
Trees, utility poles downed as storm slams region

Trees, utility poles downed as storm slams region

A large silver maple tree was blown over Saturday afternoon in the 300 block of Lafayette Street in Valparaiso. No one was injured.

September 20, 2014 4:57 pm
Youths smash church windows, damage pole barn with ax

Youths smash church windows, damage pole barn with ax

Teens used an ax to damage a pole barn Wednesday at South Haven Church of the Nazarene.

September 18, 2014 3:53 pm
Popcorn Parade to become steer stampede

Popcorn Parade to become steer stampede

Lori Naranjo, right, helps prepare Howie the Steer for the Popcorn Festival parade.

September 04, 2014 2:47 pm
Popcorn Parade to become steer stampede

Popcorn Parade to become steer stampede

Kelsey's employees Vicki Panozzo, left, and Matt Hill put a banner on Howie the Steer, the longtime Region icon, which will represent Kelsey's Steak and Seafood in Saturday's Popcorn Festival parade. Employees on Thursday prepared the bovine at G.E. Marshall's facility in Valparaiso.

September 04, 2014 2:41 pm
Beacon Hall

Beacon Hall

The design of the new Beacon Hall at Valparaiso University emphasizes community space, like this Great Room on the first floor of the residence hall.

August 15, 2014 11:28 am
Beacon Hall

Beacon Hall

Valparaiso University students who are residents of the new Beacon Hall will have access to a non-denominational chapel.

August 15, 2014 11:23 am
Beacon Hall

Beacon Hall

Ryan Blevins, assistance dean of students at Valparaiso University, stands outside Beacon Hall, a new residence hall for sophomores at Valparaiso University.

August 15, 2014 11:12 am
Campbell Street paving

Campbell Street paving

Workers from Walsh and Kelly applied a new layer of asphalt Monday to Campbell Street in Valparaiso.

July 14, 2014 5:24 pm
Campbell Street paving

Campbell Street paving

A fresh layer of asphalt is rolled on Campbell Street in Valparaiso.

July 14, 2014 5:24 pm
Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad

Jacob Dickens, left, and Ethan Dicken, members of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Science Olympiad team, practice loading an egg into a helicopter-like device. The Helicopter Egg Drop competition at the National Science Olympiad requires participants to drop an egg attached to a helicopte…

May 15, 2014 2:51 pm
Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad

Brigette Frazee, left, plays a viola and Allison Skadberg plays a xylophone. Both members of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Science Olympiad team made the instruments for the upcoming National Science Olympiad in Orlando, Fla.

May 15, 2014 2:44 pm
valparaiso fire.jpg

valparaiso fire.jpg

Firefighters respond to a small blaze at noon Wednesday at 251 West Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.

April 23, 2014 12:36 pm
Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

Approximately 10 million people rely on Lake Michigan for drinking water, and countless more appreciate it as a recreational resource including beachgoers, naturalists, boaters and anglers.

March 16, 2014 9:15 am
ValPlayso

ValPlayso

Fifth-graders at Thomas Jefferson Elementary share ideas for the new ValPlayso playground Thursday.

January 30, 2014 11:58 am
ValPlayso

ValPlayso

Kindergartners at Thomas Jefferson Elementary school share their ideas for a new playground at ValPlayso.

January 30, 2014 12:01 pm
ValPlayso

ValPlayso

Thomas Jefferson Elementary principal David Muniz, standing, center, talks to students Thursday about their ideas for the new ValPlayso playground while special education teacher Chrissy Samanas takes down their ideas.

January 30, 2014 11:54 am
ValPlayso sunrise

ValPlayso sunrise

The sun rises over ValPlayso in Valparaiso on Thursday.

January 30, 2014 7:42 am
Headless Santa stands frozen in time, ice

Headless Santa stands frozen in time, ice

Valparaiso's Santa statue -- minus his head -- stands along Campbell Street, in front of the Valparaiso Parks Department office. City workers said equipment to take down the statue broke down and the frigid temperatures froze the jolly elf's feet to the ground.

January 29, 2014 5:20 pm
States of emergency, expressway closures remain as bitter cold takes hold

States of emergency, expressway closures remain as bitter cold takes hold

A Valparaiso snowplow clears drifted snow Monday morning on the city's north side.

January 06, 2014 9:07 am
Snowplow clears Valparaiso street

Snowplow clears Valparaiso street

A Valparaiso snowplow clears drifted snow Monday morning on the city's north side. The two-day snowfall total for Valparaiso was 15.8 inches, meteorologists say. 

January 06, 2014 8:44 am
Opportunity Enterprises grows to add 500th employee

Opportunity Enterprises grows to add 500th employee

Opportunity Enterprises employees Generva Roberts, left, and Carol Alderson, center, talk Thursday with OE participant Ellen at the Simply Amazing shop.

January 02, 2014 12:55 pm
Opportunity Enterprises grows to add 500th employee

Opportunity Enterprises grows to add 500th employee

Opportunity Enterprise employee Ben Dunn, left, works with Lori, an OE client, Thursday in the art enrichment program.

January 02, 2014 12:49 pm
Keeping ahead of the snow

Keeping ahead of the snow

A Valparaiso Street Department plow driver clears snow Tuesday morning from Washington Street ahead of the expected heavier snowfall expected on New Year's Day.

December 31, 2013 3:35 pm
Valparaiso University construction

Valparaiso University construction

Construction workers on Monday braved single-digit temperatures to continue work on a new residence hall at Valparaiso University. The building is expected to be completed in the fall 2014.

December 30, 2013 10:42 am
Hobart firefighter drives van into his home, sparking blaze

Hobart firefighter drives van into his home, sparking blaze

An ambulance carrying Hobart fire batallion chief John Wall drives away from the scene of a fire at Wall's home in Hebron after he allegedly drove his van into the home, sparking the blaze.

December 10, 2013 9:51 am
Give Day 2013

Give Day 2013

Brenda Sheetz, vice president of the Porter County Community Foundation, tracks donations at the 2013 Give Day event at The Times office in Valapraiso.

November 07, 2013 8:03 am
Give Day 2013

Give Day 2013

Jade Palin of Valparaiso was the first person Thursday to donate at The Times office in Valparaiso at the Porter County Community Foundation's Give Day, which benefits local organizations serving childen.

November 07, 2013 8:00 am
One minor injury in Valpo house fire

One minor injury in Valpo house fire

Firefighters battle a blaze Wednesday morning in the area of U.S. 30 and Axe Avenue in Valparaiso. 

October 23, 2013 11:19 am
One injured in U.S. 6 crash; no students on school bus that was involved

One injured in U.S. 6 crash; no students on school bus that was involved

One person was injured in an accident Wednesday at U.S. 6 and County Road 450 West.

October 09, 2013 11:00 am
One injured in U.S. 6 crash; no students on school bus that was involved

One injured in U.S. 6 crash; no students on school bus that was involved

One of the two cars involved in an accident Wednesday at the corner of U.S. 6 and County Road 450 West in Portage Township.

October 09, 2013 10:57 am
Valparaiso University awarded $2.3 million grant for solar research

Valparaiso University awarded $2.3 million grant for solar research

The United States Department of Energy announced Thursday it has awarded Valparaiso University a $2.3 million cooperative agreement to fund solar research through a proposal from the College of Engineering. The funding, which will be dispersed during the course of a three-year period, is a d…

September 19, 2013 2:36 pm
Valparaiso High School evacuated

Valparaiso High School evacuated

Students at Valparaiso High School on Wednesday were evacuated from the school after staff members noticed a smell of burning plastic. No source of the smell was found.

September 11, 2013 9:54 am
Five-points roundabout

Five-points roundabout

A brick design is stamped into fresh concrete on Thursday at the five-points roundabout at Calumet Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Vale Park Road.

August 30, 2013 5:48 pm
Five-points roundabout

Five-points roundabout

Workers this week prepared the apron at the five-points roundabout at Calumet Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Vale Park Road. The red concrete was stamped to give the appearance of a brick design.

August 30, 2013 5:46 pm
Rip current warning issued for Lake Michigan beaches

Rip current warning issued for Lake Michigan beaches

A sign posted Tuesday at the Indiana Dunes State Park warns visitors that swimming is not allowed because of the potential for rip currents.

August 13, 2013 1:58 pm
Rip current warning issued for Lake Michigan beaches

Rip current warning issued for Lake Michigan beaches

Visitors to the Indiana Dunes State Park on Tuesday walk along the shoreline, but remain out of the water as swimming was prohibited because of the threat of rip currents.

August 13, 2013 1:55 pm
Sprucing up VU chapel

Sprucing up VU chapel

Workers on Monday prepare to wash windows at the Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection.

August 12, 2013 5:05 pm
Demolition of former hospital continues

Demolition of former hospital continues

Crews on Monday continue demolition work on the former Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus building. The land occupied by the former hospital has been sold to Valparaiso University.

August 05, 2013 5:33 pm
Demolition of former hospital continues

Demolition of former hospital continues

A sign warns spectators to keep out of the demolition site at the former Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus site on LaPorte Avenue.

August 05, 2013 5:35 pm
Valpo firefighters battle blaze at Jefferson and Lafayette

Valpo firefighters battle blaze at Jefferson and Lafayette

Firefighters battle a blaze in July at the Needle & Thread business at the corner of Jefferson and Lafayette streets in Valparaiso.

July 05, 2013 6:05 pm
Former HealthLinc building eyed for apartments

Former HealthLinc building eyed for apartments

Project Neighbors would like to renovate the top two floors of the building at 454 S. College Ave. into 18 residential units. HealthLinc is relocating to a new building at 1001 Sturdy Road and will open its doors to patients on July 8.

July 02, 2013 4:56 pm
Valparaiso gas leak

Valparaiso gas leak

NIPSCO workers discuss the gas line break along Weston Street in Valparaiso on Tuesday after city workers hit a natural gas line. The gas leak prompted officials to evacuate Ben Franklin Middle School.

April 30, 2013 11:23 am
Valparaiso gas leak

Valparaiso gas leak

NIPSCO workers line Weston Street in Valparaiso on Tuesday after city workers hit a natural gas line. The gas leak prompted officials to evacuate Ben Franklin Middle School.

April 30, 2013 11:21 am
SUV plows into upholstery shop

SUV plows into upholstery shop

Charles Randle stands inside his business Thursday that was damaged when an SUV was driven through the front wall. There was no one inside the the business, Upholstery by Charles, at 1202 Formula Drive. No injuries were reported.

April 25, 2013 2:00 pm
SUV drives into upholstery shop

SUV drives into upholstery shop

An SUV drove into the front of an upholstery store at 1202 Formula Drive in Valparaiso on Thursday morning April 25, 2013. No one was injured.

April 25, 2013 11:42 am
Pope, like saint, marks turning point for church

Pope, like saint, marks turning point for church

"Francis and the Leper" can be seen in the foyer of First Methodist Church in downtown Valparaiso.

April 21, 2013 12:00 am
Valparaiso Public Works

Valparaiso Public Works

A Valparaiso Public Works truck pulls into the current Public Works facility on Don Hovey Drive at Axe Avenue. City officials are considering moving the Public Works Department to a new campus near the city's wastewater treatment plant on the city's west side.

April 08, 2013 4:00 pm
Doctor accused of sexually assaulting patient in Valpo

Doctor accused of sexually assaulting patient in Valpo

Dr. Jose Agusti, who practices in this office at 60 S. Valparaiso St., in Valparaiso, was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual deviate conduct and sexual battery.

March 14, 2013 4:34 pm
Family 'leaning' toward rebuilding at site of fire

Family 'leaning' toward rebuilding at site of fire

Firefighters continued to douse the rubble at 204 Lincolnway in Valparaiso on Tuesday, while demolition workers continue to take down the east wall of the 1901 building that caught fire Monday.

March 05, 2013 8:46 am
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